Merrick’s Maiden out in Audiobook

Merricks Maiden audiobook

Merrick’s Maiden Audiobook

Cosmos’ Gateway, Book 5

Will Addie hear the love and longing in Merrick’s voice? Can she trust and accept the new life he has to offer? Or, will a ruthless killer silence him before she gets a chance?

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Merrick Ta’Duran is the powerful leader of the Eastern Mountain Clan on the Prime world of Baade. His people, known as the Ghosts of the Forests, live high in the Eastern mountains. Merrick feels the weight of responsibility as the males within his clan become desperate to find mates among the few remaining females. When word comes that a new species has been discovered, he knows he must do what is right for his people – even if it means traveling to a strange, alien realm to do it.

Merrick’s world changes when he is injured and captured by a ruthless group of humans. Drugged and held against his will, he is the subject of experiments and testing as the humans try to discover where he came from and duplicate his strength and ability to heal quickly. After months of captivity, he fears his life will end on the strange world until one chance encounter gives him hope.

Addie Banks’ world has been one of silence since a devastating illness when she was sixteen. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she goes to school during the day and works at night to put herself through college. Her life unexpectedly changes when she stumbles across something she wasn’t supposed to see while at work. Now, she hears a voice in her head – and it is driving her crazy. Her only hope for peace is to help the creature talking to her escape from the men holding him.

Merrick knows the female who helps him is his bond mate. She may deny it. She may fight it. She may even try to run from it. It won’t matter. She is his and he will do everything he can to convince her, hold her, even kidnap her if that is what it takes to make her realize that they belong together.

Will Addie hear the love and longing in Merrick’s voice? Can she trust and accept the new life he has to offer? Or, will a ruthless killer silence him before she gets a chance?


“What does Rockman want?” He asked in a gentle voice.

Addie bit her lip, wincing when she caught the tender spot between her teeth. Drawing in a deep breath, she stepped back and set her clothes down so he could see her. She knew that while she was uncomfortable in the dress that Rockman had given her, Merrick was not immune to it if the stunned expression on his face was anything to go by.

“She wants me to seduce you,” Addie admitted in a soft voice. “She says if I don’t that she will kill you, then me.”

“Addie,” Merrick’s hissed voice echoed in her mind.

“I told her I wouldn’t do it, but she said if I didn’t,” Addie paused and drew in a shaking breath. “She said if I didn’t that she would dissect you in front of me. I honestly think she would do it, Merrick. I honestly think she is crazy enough to cut you up in the name of ‘science’.”

She closed her eyes when he stepped forward and cupped her cheek in his large palm. Her breathing increased when he slid his other hand around her waist and pulled her close. Her eyelashes fluttered open when he drew her close again.

“Look at me,” he whispered, rubbing his thumb along her bruised cheek.

“I’ve never done this before, Merrick,” she admitted. “I always thought my first time would be special.”

For a brief second, Merrick remained frozen. Even his thumb had stilled on her chin. It was as if he wasn’t quite sure of what she meant at first. Addie knew the exact second the translation connected with his stunned brain. A fury of color rose in her cheeks when his muttered curse exploded through her brain.

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